dezeen_Britten-Pears-Archive-by-Stanton-Williams_ss_21 DESIGN

Unfortunate word association: Britten-Pears



Classical composer Benjamin Britten, and his personal and professional partner, tenor Peter Pears have had their works preserved at a newly created archive, with an unfortunate name. Given the stature of the classical works of Britten and Pears, the combined name Britten-Pears reads remarkably similar to sugary-pop star Britney Spears… hit me baby, one more time.

The building itself appears to be  beautifully constructed — as shown at one of my favourite design websites, Dezeen. The interior exposed eaves catch the eye.

“The Britten Pears Archive, Stanton Williams’ new passive archive building for the Britten–Pears Foundation (BPF), houses the extensive collection of music manuscripts, letters, photographs and recordings of the composer Benjamin Britten and tenor Peter Pears. Originally assembled by Britten and Pears as a working library of their own collections of books, manuscripts and printed scores and recordings, the archive has now grown into one of the country’s most important centres for music research and scholarship. In 2005 the collection was officially given Designated status in recognition of its significance.”